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Dear Arkansas Counseling Association Members,

Whether you are an existing member or new to the organization, I wish to personally welcome you to the Arkansas Counseling Association! In the past two years, we have seen many changes in the world in which we live, within in our profession, and within our professional organization. I know that as individuals and professionals, we are all striving to do our best with the ever-changing environment. I am proud to say that the same is true of the Arkansas Counseling Association and its commitment to the members it serves.

Our organization has confronted many changes, and we’ve met these changes with a focus on opportunity, advocacy, appreciation, and service. Last year, we provided free trainings to our members and mental health professionals throughout the state of Arkansas to equip them with tools and resources to better serve their communities. The Arkansas Counseling Association would like to give you an idea of what to expect as we move forward.

We look forward to working with you, our members, and have many new ideas, including a counselor spotlight and upcoming advocacy on legislative measures that have the potential to affect the counseling profession and the individuals within our state. As a member of the Arkansas Counseling Association, you are our most important and greatest asset, and we want to hear from you. We want to know what is important to you, and we are here for you whether professionally or personally.

As always, the Arkansas Counseling Association will continue to serve through advocacy, to make our voices heard, now and into the future. We will continue to strive for social justice, for the end to racism and discrimination and continue the demand for everyone to be treated humanely regardless of their gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, cultural background, or socioeconomic status.

With Kindness,

Patricia (Patti) Lashley, M.S., CSOTP, LPC

President, Arkansas Counseling Association 2021-2022

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PO Box 1321,

Arkadelphia, AR 71923

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